Producer, Dancer, Teaching Artist, Choreographer, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel is Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch!" (2018). A featured dancer with TU Dance (Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, Co-Artistic Dir.) from 2007-2017; 2015 McKnight Dance Fellowship award; and 2016 Jerome Foundation Travel/Study grant recipient to study Afro-Caribbean dance and culture in Trinidad with the New Waves! Festival (dir. Makeda Thomas).
She has developed “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” as an Artist-In Residence with Art On Purpose (Arima, Trinidad); Brooklyn Ballet School; Creative Outlet Dance Theater (Brooklyn, NY); and Tofte Lake Center, funded by the Jerome Foundation (Ely, MN).
Through AMVTP she is producing a body of solo work in collaboration with inspiring artists through curated performances, educational programs, and community engagement.
Alanna holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School.
About the work
Yam, Potatoe an Fish! is a multi-media performance art project and solo dance exploring ideas of home and cultural loss amidst Alanna's family's stories of migration from the Caribbean to the US.
This work has been developed during a Creative Residency with Art On Purpose (dir. Jamie Philbert) in Arima, Trinidad; under a residency with the Brooklyn Ballet School (dir. Mary Ellen Beaudreau) and Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn; with support from the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad and via financial support from individual donors.
“Wherever you find her, Morris-Van Tassel embodies the power of dance to create deep and lasting connections where words cannot.”
— Camille LeFevre, Dance Magazine (2017)